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Article: Ohio Cop Reprimanded for Making More Arrests than Tickets

Madison Township policeA Madison Township, Ohio police officer whose record of busting real criminals is unbeaten found himself reprimanded for failing to focus on writing traffic tickets. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Officer Ken Braden only wrote 85 tickets last year when his most prolific fellow officer wrote 388 while arresting fewer criminals. For that, Police Chief Greg Ryan punished Braden.

"He gets paid as much as the other officers," Ryan told the Dispatch. "He should do as much work as the other officers."

Ryan boasts that in 2006 his twelve patrol officers wrote 1935 tickets in the small Columbus suburb. The department also seized 194 cars, selling 41 of them for profit. These numbers had been boosted by a 2005 edict mandating officers meet a specific ticket quota.

"Effective immediately, all uniformed patrol officers are expected, as a minimum level of self-initiated activity, to issue one traffic citation, one traffic warning, and complete five park & walk business checks/residential vacation checks each shift worked," Ryan's memorandum stated.

The local Fraternal Order of Police union is defending Braden in a complaint against the department. Source
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Apparently, this particular township also didn't get the nationwide memo, categorically denying "ticket quotas." :lol:

I think that Chief Ryan's little faux-pas here - in reprimanding a good officer, who puts his life at-risk every day for arresting actual criminals - will virtually guaranty that he will NOT get re-elected.

At least, I hope, that will be the case.

I'd rather live in a township that's actually safe from CRIMINALS which need arresting, than friendly neighbors who accidentally find themselves 5 or even 10 MPH over the PSL.

And I think that any reasoning adult would find this to be true, too.

It amazes me that Chief Ryan would think that, somehow, in having such a strong arrest record, Officer Braden is somehow not pulling his weight.


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That officer is doing the right thing, catching the real criminals instead of worrying about ticket quotas. This is classic police B.S.
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